Speculation on the follow up to Samsung's popular Galaxy S III flagship smartphone has been popping up on the Web shortly after the S III was announced. However, recent, seemingly legitimate rumors have begun popping up to suggest that the Samsung Galaxy S IV may be launched earlier in the year than the S III.
Specifically, a tweet from Eldar Murtazin, founder of website Mobile-review, claims that the Galaxy S IV will be launched on March 14 in New York. Murtazin's tweet was then unofficially confirmed by SamMobile.com, a news site dedicated to Samsung rumors. To further cement the rumor's legitimacy, tech news site The Verge independently confirmed the date. So far, however, Samsung has not commented on this.
If this rumor proves to be true, the release will be less than a year from the release of the Galaxy S III in May 2012. However, it's likely that the S IV wouldn't actually be released until April if announced in mid-March.
Other earlier rumors have also chimed in on specs for the device, suggesting full 1920 x 1080 screen resolution, a 1.9 GHz quad-core processor — most likely Samsung's own Exynos silicon — and the latest version of Android, 4.2 Jelly Bean.
As far as rumored specifications go, these seem fairly conservative and therefore quite likely. The screen resolution in particular seems like a no-brainer since major competitors such as HTC and LG have already begun to release 1080p smartphones of their own.
In the case of LG, the Optimus G Pro is being released in Korea this week with a 5.5-inch 1080p display, while HTC is holding a special event today to launch the HTC One, formerly known as the HTC M7, with a 4.7-inch 1080p screen.
This is, of course, all speculation. Fortunately, we may only need to wait about a month to find out just what the Samsung Galaxy S IV has to offer.
Edited by Brooke Neuman